- First of 8 days of pre-season testing at Spain’s Circuit de Barcelona-Cataluny
- Nine teams due to officially track debut their 2019 cars today
- Raikkonen spins Alfa on first lap of the day
- Live timing is available via the video stream below
Vettel leads the way with a 1m 18.425s, a full 1.7s ahead of Verstappen in P2, with Bottas just behind. A familiar top three then, but behind it is more interesting.
Racing Point are ‘best of the rest’, followed by Alfa Romeo, McLaren, Haas, Renault and Toro Rosso.
Red Bull tweeted a video about the start of its journey
Earlier on, Raikkonen’s day didn’t get off to the greatest of starts when he spun his Alfa Romeo into the gravel.
TIMELINE SO FAR
Vettel has been on top of the leaderboard most of the morning but he has just dropped his benchmark down to 1m 18.425s. With 41 laps under his belt, Ferrari aren’t hanging around today.
Carlos Sainz set out on track, the left side of his McLaren MCL34 daubed in flow-vis paint.
That will help McLaren make sense of how the airflow is moving over that side of the car.
Grosjean’s Haas VF-19 made it onto the low-loader, and from there it’s just a short hop back to the pit lane.
Verstappen got his first time on the board – a 1m 23.179s good enough for P8 as it stands. He immediately betters that on his next go round, jumping up to fifth.
After a brief lull, more and more drivers began to head out on track as the sun continues to shine down at Montmelo.
Carlos Sainz in the McLaren, Daniil Kvyat in the Toro Rosso and Valtteri Bottas in the Mercedes are all circulating, working through their day one run plans, while Sebastian Vettel’s 1m 20.920s still represents the fastest lap so far.
So, as the dust settles on the first few laps of 2019 and the drivers catch their breath in their respective garages.
Hulkenberg is the man in action for Renault at the moment, sitting on top of the timing sheet with a 1m 24.365s. But all eyes will be on his team mate later on – Daniel Ricciardo shocked a fair few people last year with his move from Red Bull.